The good news for Gavin Floyd is he's still young enough to decide what he wants to be when he grows up.
From last night's game thread, Nat put it this way: "I was noticing that Gavin looked depressed as he was coming off the field at the end of the 4th. The kid just looks miserable and I feel bad for him. Maybe he never really wanted to be a baseball player. Maybe he really wanted to be a fireman or something. He sure doesn't look like he wants to be where he is.
"He's depressing you. He's depressing me. Maybe he's depressing the team as well."
Time for the Phillies to get creative. Big starts coming up in the career of Ryan Madson and, yes, Eude Brito on Saturday. If Brito can give them 6 good innings, I'd have to think the Phillies will consider keeping him around. Honesty, he's pitched solid ball for over a year as a starter. In contrast, Floyd has been lost for over a year.
I talked about this all winter: Guys you wouldn't expect can contribute to this team. Clay Condrey and Brian Sanches pitched 4 shutout innings yesterday. The Phillies need this, and they must continue thinking outside the box.
Don't wait for injuries to occur to bring up players that can help you.
Don't wait for players to retire.
Don't wait on players like Gavin Floyd that are hurting the team.
Not every pitching prospect must be a first-round pick (Floyd). Not every pitcher you use must have major league experience (Franklin) Many, many, many pitchers take years to develop (Sanches, Condrey).
However, there's something horribly wrong with the hometown nine, something deep in the core. And we say the same thing every year.